Monday, August 30, 2010

interesting article on barriers to women’s advancement at work

Article in the Harvard Business Review. Some of the key points include:

•“There is a special kind of relationship—called sponsorship—in which the mentor goes beyond giving feedback and advice and uses his or her influence with senior executives to advocate for the mentee. Our interviews and surveys alike suggest that high-potential women are overmentored and undersponsored relative to their male peers—and that they are not advancing in their organizations. Furthermore, without sponsorship, women not only are less likely than men to be appointed to top roles but may also be more reluctant to go for them.

•Women’s mentors have less organizational clout, a detriment since the more senior the mentor, the faster the mentee’s career advancement

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